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the gulf oil leak could be capped sometime today. afghan attacks. militants target a peace conference called to reach out to the taliban. and an inconvenient truth. al gore and his wife say they've grown apart, and their 40-year al gore and his wife say they've grown apart, and their 40-year marriage is over. captioning funded by cbs good morning. thanks for joining us. i'm michelle gielan. bp hopes today is the day. throughout the night, underwater robots have been attempting the latest fix on the massive gulf oil leak. here's a live look at the oil leak. the new procedure, even if successful, will temporarily increase the flow of oil. meanwhile, oil slicks have hit two more states, and bp is facing possible criminal charges. tara mergener is in washington with the details. tara, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, michelle. well, this latest move is being
compared to putting a tiny cap on a fire hydrant. a risky move with a limited chance of success. bp hopes to get the gushing leak under control sometime today. but isn't making any promises. >> we should have very little oil being spilt but we can't guarantee success. >> reporter: a diamond tipped saw began hacking its way through a broken pipe tuesday in preparation for today's fix. crews will try to place a containment dome over the ruptured well then funnel the crude to the surface. >> we are making progress. >> reporter: but scientists say the cut and cap method could temporarily increase the oil flow by 20%. and the growing spill isn't just louisiana's problem anymore. for the first time tuesday, brown globs of crude washed up on barrier islands of alabama and mississippi. the slick could reach florida's pensacola beach as early as today. the oil spill is now at the heart of a criminal and civil investigation.
the justice department is looking into possible violation of federal clean air and pollution acts. >> our environmental laws are very clear. and we have a responsibility to enforce them. >> reporter: attorney general eric holder didn't specify the targets of the probe. but officials have ordered bp and two other companies, transocean and halliburton, to hold onto records related to the incident. >> we'd be looking at a wide range of things. everything from false statements to the way in which certain entities conducted themselves. there is really nothing that's off the table at this point. >> reporter: if the companies are found guilty, they could wind up paying billions in fines. meantime, scientists say this latest attempt to stop the leak has a 50% to 70% chance of working. michelle, back to you. >> we hope it all works. all right, tara, we understand, also, that the government is looking to some unlikely places for help in stopping this spill? >> reporter: indeed, they're certainly looking every place
they can. well the epa met with some scientists yesterday, including hollywood director james cameron. he has credits like the "titanic" and the "abyss." turns out he's an expert in a couple of fields including underwater filming and remote vehicle technology. but michelle, there's probably no hollywood ending here, unfortunately. >> all right, tara mergener in washington. tara, thanks. as we reported, the justice department is considering criminal and civil charges connected to the oil spill. cbs news chief legal correspondent jan crawford says in a worst-case scenario, some executives could spend time behind bars. >> some senators already have accused bp of making false statements to win approval for that rig, and if true, that could expose the company, and possibly some of its executives, to criminal charges for false statements, obstruction of justice and conspiracy. and that would mean not only money, but prison time. >> federal agencies, including the fbi, are taking part in the
justice department investigation. bp says it will cooperate with the inquiry. the taliban have claimed responsibility for an attack on a peace conference in afghanistan this morning. a suicide bomber detonated explosives just a few hundred yards from the conference in kabul, where president karzai was speaking. there was also gunfire and a rocket attack. the point of the conference is to reach out to taliban leaders. nato says several of the attackers were shot. it's reported that israel has ordered the families of its diplomats in turkey to leave the country. at least four turks were killed in the israeli raid on a flotilla bound for gaza. but the israeli cabinet says the blockade of the gaza strip will continue, despite the growing cries of protest. richard roth reports. >> reporter: leading them off as prisoners, israel began deporting nearly 700 passengers from the notle la who came from 37 countries. israel's claim, backed by its military video, is that troops
only fired in self-defense when they were attacked and beaten by activists begging for a fight. >> the road to hell is covered with good intentions. they were so eager to avoid a bloody confrontation, to avoid massive friction with the demonstration, that they sent troops that were fully equipped, highly armed. >> reporter: but some passengers insisted israelis were the aggressors, needlessly attacking a convoy on a peaceful mission to deliver humanitarian aid. >> this could have worked out well. it could have been a contribution to what everybody wants. and instead it's going to be -- it's going to get worse for awhile. >> reporter: in gaza, that's hard to imagine. the u.n. says 70% of its 1.5 million people live on less than a dollar a day. smuggling through tunnels to egypt provides much of what gazans need, but at prices not many can afford. israel says the aim of the blockade is to control terrorism. but even its friends question the effect.
>> the situation in gaza is unsustainable, and unacceptable. >> reporter: wary of sharing blame, egypt's now opened its own border with gaza for humanitarian reasons, said cairo. but probably not for long. richard roth, cbs news, london. the japanese prime minister announced that he's resigning this morning. yukio hatoyama says he's stepping down over a broken campaign promise. failure to move a u.s. marine base off the island of okinawa. he has been in office just eight months, and the fourth japanese prime minister to resign in four years. elections are scheduled for next month. on the "cbs moneywatch," the japanese prime minister's resignation sent stocks in asia lower this morning. and emily smith is here in new york with that and more. emily, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, michelle. asian markets lost ground for a second day. japan's nikkei dropped more than 1%. hong kong's hang seng was mostly down. today, wall street gets reports on the housing market, and auto
sales. tuesday stocks suffered another late-day slide where the dow dropped 112 points. the nasdaq lost 34. the oil spill in the gulf is taking a heavy toll on bp's shareholders. on tuesday alone bp shares plunged nearly 15%. since the rig explosion, bp has lost close to 40% of its market value or $69 billion. the world's most famous investor is giving his take on the financial melt warren buffett is scheduled to testify today before the financial crisis inquiry commission in new york. the panel will question him about ratings agencies, which give top grades to what turned out to be some of the riskiest mortgage investments. buffett is the biggest shareholder in the ratings agency. the government has opened a new investigation into sticky gas pedals. this time they're looking into the 2010 sports fusion and mercury milan. there's been a handful of complaints, but no reports of crashes or injuries. ford is warning drivers not to
stack up extra floor mats below the accelerator. and 007's car could be yours. the aston martin made famous by james bond is going on the auction block. it's one of only two originals driven by sean connery in movies like "goldfinger," and comes complete with fake machine guns, revolving license plates and a smokescreen. it's expected to raise at least $5 million with the proceeds going to charity. how cool is that? >> sweet. all right. emily smith in new york. emily, thanks. just ahead on the "morning news," the nose knows. how a dog can sniff out cancer. plus, caught on tape, a group of daring armed bandits pull off a fiery getaway. you're watching the "morning news." you and your family can go have fun. because banana boat blocks up to 96% of harmful uva and uvb rays. so you can go, go, go, confident you're protected from sunburn and long-term skin damage. banana boat. we've got you covered. ♪
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the truck. they escaped with more than $8 million in cash and set the truck on fire. they fired their weapons to keep police away. but there were no injuries. al and tipper gore are kissing their marriage good-bye. after four decades, the former vice president, and his wife, announced their separation. it's a first for any former presidential or vice presidential couple. sharyl attkisson reports. >> more than 90% of it is absorbed -- >> reporter: while al gore was out fighting global warming, his marriage to tipper was apparently cooling. in an e-mail to friends, the couple announced they decided to separate. the gores actually weren't the inspiration for "love story" as the former vice president once claimed. >> just say you're sorry. >> reporter: but their love story lasted 40 years. jamal simmons worked closely with the gores. >> i've heard from a lot of people from the gore universe, people have been very shocked and dismayed that this is what's occurred.
>> reporter: it's been 18 years since the gores became america's second couple. >> if you had told me six years ago that al gore and tipper gore would split up before bill and hillary clinton, i would have been shocked. >> reporter: at the vice president's mansion they playfully teamed up in matching costumes for halloween. >> here's bill and hillary clinton struggling through their marriage, the monica lewinsky scandal and i think al and tipper gore were sort of held up a little bit as the happy couple. >> reporter: it's been ten years since that oddly public passionate kiss at the democratic convention. that was followed by gore winning the popular vote for president, but losing the electoral vote. family friend sally quinn says that may have done the marriage irreparable harm. >> he obviously suffered a lot, and still is suffering. he'll never get over that, and neither will she. >> reporter: the separation shed new light on their recent purchase of a six bedroom, nine-bath california mansion worth $8 million. his or hers? a close friend says, quote, the
separation really is mutual and cordial. there isn't anyone else. they just want to go their separate ways. sharyl attkisson, cbs news, washington. man's best friend may help detect prostate cancer. researchers in france report that dogs can be trained to detect the smell of chemicals released into urine by prostate tumors. in 66 tests the dogs were correct 63 times. the researchers say that using dogs to detect prostate cancer might be more effective than the psa test now used because it would produce fewer false positives. straight ahead your wednesday morning weather. and in sports the bo sox rally in fenway park against oakland. some models look so mad. [ ellen ] i'm beautiful. maybe it's because they pay so much for department store makeup when there's an amazing anti-aging makeup from covergirl and olay. simply ageless. this advanced formula with olay regenerist serum won't glob up in lines and wrinkles like the leading department store makeup can. so get into simply ageless.
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new york's david wright and ike davis both homered against the padres in san diego for a 4-2 win. the padres still have the best record in the national league. atlanta's troy gloss continued his hot streak with a three-run homer to help beat philadelphia 7-3. the braves increased their lead over the phillies in the national league east to 1 1/2 games. in the american league a big night for boston's victor martinez. the red sox rallied against oakland as martinez had five hits, including a career high four doubles. and boston beat the athletics 9-4. ian kinsler of texas had two hits, including a double into the left field corner that scored two runs. the rangers beat the chicago white sox 9-6. and nba superstar lebron james says cleveland has an edge in re-signing him to return to the cavaliers. james becomes a free agent next month, and could sign with any
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on the "cbs morning news" here's a look at today's weather. powerful thunderstorms will be rumbling across the ohio valley, much of the southwest and southern plains has another day of near-record-breaking heat, and more scattered showers over the northwest. here's another look at this morning's top stories. bp says its latest effort to stop the gulf oil leak could be completed today, if all goes as
planned. engineers are using robots to cut the broken pipe and cap it. and the taliban attacked a peace conference in afghanistan as president karzai was speaking. at least one suicide bomber and gunmen were involved. the supreme court has issued a new ruling on miranda rights for suspects. the decision says that if you want to say silent you'll have to speak up. suspects must explicitly tell police that they don't want to say anything. in a strongly worded dissent, justice sonia sotomayor says that the ruling, quote, turns miranda upside down. faisal shahzad, the alleged times square bomber, continues to talk to investigators after he was read his rights. but he has not led agents to any co-conspirators. bob orr has the latest on the investigation. >> reporter: one month after driving a car bomb into the heart of manhattan, faisal shahzad has remerged as the face of a new threat, the hybrid terrorist. in one sense, shahzad was a lone wolf, with evidence suggesting
he alone bought, assembled and delivered a botched ied. but sources say it's also clear shahzad had some help. drawing inspiration, financial support and bomb training from the pakistani taliban. >> it demonstrates that there is a foreign power nexus to this plot. this wasn't just some random individual acting on his own. >> reporter: cia chief leon panetta and national security adviser jim jones have provided officials with what sources say is compelling evidence linking shahzad to the taliban. a detailed file of shahzad's contacts, names, addresses and phone numbers of people shahzad met with in pakistan. here in the u.s., the fbi continues chasing thousands of leads, digging through cell phones, computers and files seized in recent raids. shahzad's attack has been labeled amateurish. the former cia analyst says we should take no comfort in that. >> everybody's an amateur until people die. even people who have limited training and limited access to an al qaeda trainer, or no
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good morning. i'm andrea roane. here's some stories we are following for you. british petroleum will try again today to contain the oil leak at the bottom of the gulf of mexico. crews will attempt to place a cap over the ruptured well and siphon crude to the surface. they cut away from a broken pipe in preparation for the procedure yesterday. it has a 50 to 70% chance of success. the oil spill is at the center of a criminal and civil investigation. attorney general eric holder made the announcement on
tuesday but didn't specify which companies or individuals might be the target of the probe. he says federal clean air and pollution laws give him the power to open the investigation. howard bernstein is here with a look at our wednesday forecast. how is it? >> slightly less humid. especially in our northern suburbs. i want to show you the storms -- we had storms yesterday afternoon around 4:30 yesterday afternoon. big storm south. those quickly pulled away and then a little line of showers overnight and now generally clear skies with a couple of clouds out there. visibilities have come down. manassas half mile. four miles in culpeper. we are doing better visibility wise. ten at reagan national. temperature-wise 73 here. to the lower 60s in the shenandoah valley. 68 fredericksburg. 72 on the bay in annapolis and 68 also from easton. today looking at mostly sunny, slightly less humid. highs on the warm side in the upper 80s and code orange air
quality. we will talk about that coming up this morning. quite evident the memorial holiday is over and the construction workers, they are back. their roadwork is set up. check it out. the inner and outer loop in virginia. we have roadwork set up at 66, route 5, 236, telegraph. moving over to 66 no problems to report from manassas past 50. maryland 270 watch for road crews set up on the side. construction at clopper. even with their improved performance getting a ticket to a nationals game has not been a problem this year. the nats are averaging under 21,000 fans per game in a stadium which seats 42,000, but as brett haber reports come next tuesday all bets are off as strasburg mania invades the district. >> i was told they are withholding tickets to sell more ticket plans so tickets are not on sale to the general public unless you are willing to buy a ticket plan.
i'm disappointed. as a loyal fan, i feel stabbed in the heart. >> reporter: steven strasburg's debut has created a frenzy among fans but some who have been awaiting his arrival for months won't get to see it. >> they couldn't have a few left for walk up customers 24 hours after making the announcement, they don't even have a few available for walk up customers. >> reporter: it's not just tickets that are in short supply, it seems the nats under ordered their stephen strasburg merchandise. this one woman's jersey was the only item available for sale at the store today. >> did put six yankees away. >> reporter: nonof that detracts from the excitement of the arrival of this 21-year-old phenom. the young man that could change the nationals fortunes for the next decade and beyond. >> this guy is focused, competitive, a quick learner. he soaks up like a sponge.
he is respectful and humble. on the mound he is a fierce warrior and he has a take no prisoners attitude. >> i couldn't be more excited. you don't want to get your hopes up too much but i hope he is the next walter johnson. from the first local station with news in high definition, this is 9 news now. good morning. welcome to 9 news now. today is wednesday, june 2nd. i'm andrea roane. howard bernstein is here with weather. angie goff has the traffic. we begin with howard. if there was a game at the ballpark, what would it be like today. >> not so bad. we had storms yesterday but they cleared out in time for an evening game if we would have had one. we had some heavy rains yesterday during the mid afternoon. had a line of showers and storms develop. nothing severe. see how